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26 July 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

I am writing this week’s update to the hum of a small generator. It is out front charging my laptop and cell phone. It runs on power-saw gas (perfect), is quiet for a generator, and is really wee, so super portable. 

Next in line are the camera batteries, so sorry folks, no photos this week. ...[Read More]

Wee trailer

25 July 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

The Holidaire is proving to be a very welcome addition to the adventures out here. Though a wee bit of a greenhouse during the day, it is my hang out zone in the evenings, and makes for a comfy spot to watch for wildlife, make plans, and catch up on reading (current book of choice – ‘Precision Framing’ – not very entertaining, but definitely useful!).

Clearing out cobwebs and bits of old spider seems to have got the propane fridge working (thank you Al), so I can even ponder the days adventures over proper food and something cold to drink. ...[Read More]

Road tripping

23 July 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

A flying trip to Calgary at the weekend saw the last of the Land Cruiser; it was sad to see the wee tank go, but also a relief.  That truck took us deep into the mountains around Calgary many times, and was one heck of a 4x4.

If making sketchy left-hand turns and hitting the door every time you want to change gear doesn’t phase you, I’d recommend one of these right-wheel drives. We had a lot of fun with that truck (note you have to read Japanese to understand the instructions!). ...[Read More]

Lap of luxury

21 July 2009 | Category: Stories | Author: Clare

The wee trailer in the pictures is our new home for the summer. A massive thanks to Al and Marylin for lending me the logging cabin, and a massive thanks to Al and Gill for wheeling out the camping trailer.

Starting to get set-up and sorted out feels good, and not having to be lifted in and out of the trailer will be great for Breagha’s dignity! ...[Read More]

Cabin progress

16 July 2009 | Category: Building | Author: Clare

Had a really cool week with some exciting developments and a wee bit of progress.

Holes dug-in and sono-tubes measured off and put together. Interesting (and tedious) process of measuring off holes to make sure we are at right angles – I don’t know how people do this without geometry – so glad the Greeks produced Pythagoras. Re-bar sorted out (funny story there, don’t ask). Lumber sorted out (thanks guys). Generator (and awesome tools) on loan. ...[Read More]